Sister Lois (Raphaela) Friedman, OSF, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, at age 84.
The Rite of Final Commendation was held at the Clare House Chapel, Mount St. Francis Center, Dubuque, Iowa, on Friday, Nov. 13.
Lois, daughter of the late Joseph and Matilda (Spangler) Friedman, was born Nov. 6, 1936, in Halbur, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Halbur. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque from St. Augustine’s on Aug. 25, 1954. She was received with the name Sister Mary Raphaela on Aug. 12, 1955, and made her final profession of vows on Aug. 12, 1960.
Sister received her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in English at Purdue University. She ministered as an educator in Iowa at Dubuque, Waterloo, Templeton and in Greenwood, South Carolina. She also ministered as English professor at Fayetteville, North Carolina. Sister served as assistant to the executive director of Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). Sister Lois ministered in several pastoral ministries while working as an IRS tax representative in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Sister is survived by her sisters Charlotte Comer of Mason City, Iowa, and Mary (Jim) Smith of Mason City; brother Joe Friedman of Frisco, Texas; brother-in-law, Ralph Loeffelholz of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and her nieces, nephews, and her Franciscan sisters.
Sister was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Matilda (Spangler); her sisters Patricia Grablin and Carol Loeffelholz; her brothers Merle Friedman and Ralph Friedman; and her in-laws Austin Comer, Dorothy Friedman, John Grablin and Donna Friedman.
Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, Iowa.